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Recipes

Sweet Zucchini Relish Canning Recipe

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Each summer most farmers, homesteaders, and backyard gardeners are blessed with an abundance of both zucchini and cucumbers. Sometimes you can’t seem to give enough of the green produce away before they begin to rot on the vine. Making relish is an excellent way to turn the high yield crops into tasty treats that can be stored for years to…

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Guns

How to Clean Your Firearms

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Keeping your firearms adequately cleaned is imperative for both sure function and longevity. Improper or inadequate cleaning of your firearms can lead to stoppages, accelerated wear and even parts breakage. You can afford none of the above in an emergency or a long term SHTF type of situation. The good news is that most modern guns require only simple and…

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Homesteading

Can You Live Without a Fridge?

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Can you live without a fridge? I posed this question to my teenage daughter and her immediate response was, “why would someone want to live with no fridge?” I imagine many people might respond the same way. But there are people doing it. Some by choice, some not. Many people in impoverished countries live without a fridge every day. And…

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Gear

The “Perfect” Urban Survival Kit [PDF Checklist]

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Surviving a short term disaster or a long-term crisis in an urban environment presents its own share of challenges and advantages. A towering hive of steel and concrete is a unique environment harboring things that can both help and hurt you, the same as any other biome, be it a dry, scorching desert or a lush and gloomy forest. Surviving…

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Survival

Surviving a Nuclear Weapon

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Thanks to increased international tensions, rogue regimes and increasingly larger misplaced amounts of nuclear material, the old standby Cold War-era crisis situation is becoming a topic of some discussion. I am talking, of course, about the detonation of a nuclear weapon. The Bomb. The prospect of surviving a nuclear strike may seem impossible thanks to depiction of their titanic power…

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Homesteading

How to Start Beekeeping for Survival Purposes

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Beekeeping as part of your survival plan will not only provide you with sweet tasting honey, but a natural healing agent as well as sustainable and substantial bartering material. A beekeeper has ample bartering options when running a successful backyard operation. Honey can be used to prevent bacteria from getting into wounds and enhance the time it takes for the…

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